Friday, April 25, 2014

Old Promise: New Joy

It's been a hot day. It's also been a long week. But as I finally had the opportunity to get some rest after church, I realized that there was a better way of spending my time than sleeping.  And I silently read . . .

“Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.” Psalms 119:33, 34

Though my brain seems half asleep, I pause in wonder of the truth. If only blind human beings understood the beauty and love of God's law, not one would say there is a better way to live. But we can't change our own hearts. We so strongly desire that which we know is not best.

And then, I smile. I suddenly realize that something has happened. The desire that I had for so long struggled to set aside was gone. It's place wasn't left empty though. The God who is the giver of every good thing had filled it's place with a desire that I am not ashamed of.

Truly He is a God who not only gives us what we desire but also changes our desires so that we will want what will really fill the longing in our hearts.

“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalms 37:4, 5

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